Ludington City Council Meeting September 26th, 2016

The Ludington City Council started off heated yesterday evening. C Dale bannon, a Ludington resident, expressed complaint during the public comment on the agenda regarding Tom Rottas refusal to abide by the agreed upon meeting expectation of keeping the public comment on the agenda, regarding the agenda only. The meeting continued with Dr. Rick Plummer presenting for the Maritime museum. Homecoming requests were approved. A vote regarding the continued use of ORV’s and Golf Carts in the city of ludington was completed. Councilman Michael Krauch expressed concern regarding the safety of pedestrians with additional vehicles on the road, Saying “Even without any issues throughout that last year, it worries me.” Ultimately, the ordinance was re-affirmed. A bond for the fire station was approved, as well as the construction of parking spaces for the maritime museum. Davis Construction was chosen to improve the water treatment plant not because they were the lowest bid, but rather due to the care and quality the business took in developing the estimate. Buddy Reed presented for the Sculpture Task Force regarding the Sterns Park Veterans Memorial, with requests to have the cities support by removing a light pole and tree as well as reconstructing the sidewalk. The sidewalk will likely have to be replaced in the future as is is currently not meeting barrier free requirements. Councilwoman Kathy Winczewski asked for understanding any hesitation the council may have in taking on another expense as, she said, “City Funding is just like your budget at home.” The meeting  concluded with City Manager John Shay reviewing the 2012 Force main break. Manager Shay explained what immediate steps the city took in contacting the DEQ, Health Department and other organization regarding the force main break.

Kandyland Dairy wins Momentum Business Challenge

Over the past few weeks, local business owners have been competing in the Momentum Business Plan competition.  The $50,000 cash prize for entrepreneurs is intended for business owners with the best business expansion plan.  This year’s winner is Kandy Potter from KandyLand Farms.  She raises and milks goats.  Their milk is used in cheese and yogurt production.The Momentum Business Plan pitch night found competition to be tight on Friday with visual presentations, gourmet meals and pictures of cute animals. Andy Thomas presented on the growth of starving Artist brewing company after winning the competition last year and  the benefits of working through the Momentum Business plan board of directors.


 winner Kandyland Dairy

Photo courtesy of Shelby Soberalski

WSCC Offering Financial Aid Workshops

West Shore Community College’s Financial Aid Office will host a series of financial aid workshops for prospective college students and their families. High school students and their parents as well as adults considering going to college are encouraged to attend a workshop.

The workshops will be held in the following area high schools:

Baldwin – Sept. 28, 5 p.m.

Ludington – Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Manistee Catholic Central – Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m.

Brethren – Oct. 18, 1:30 p.m.

Bear Lake – Oct. 19, 12:30 p.m.

Manistee & Casman Academy, Oct. 19, 6 p.m., at MHS

Onekama - Oct. 25, 7 p.m.

Mason Co. Central & Mason Co. Eastern – Nov. 3, 6 p.m., at MCC High School

The college has also scheduled several FAFSA Completion Workshops where current and future applicants are encouraged to attend a free work session with WSCC Financial Aid staff members who will guide applicants through the FAFSA form completion and submission process. General information will be covered about financial aid with detailed instructions on how to complete the FAFSA online. The form must be completed each year in order to be eligible to apply for federal financial assistance and to maintain eligibility for need-based institutional funding. Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid beginning October 1, to increase their opportunity to receive aid awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Baldwin – Oct. 26, from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Ludington – Nov. 2, 3 – 7 p.m.

Manistee - Nov. 9, 3 – 7 p.m.

Mason County Central – Nov. 10, 3:30 – 7 p.m.

Mason County Eastern - Nov. 16, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Credit and Debit cards now accepted at Mason County Clerk

The Mason County Clerks office is now accepting credit and debit cards. Mason County Clerk Cheryl Kelly, said “Any of the services the County Clerk offers, they can now pay for with their credit or debit card.” In order to create the least amount of burden on the taxpayer, those requesting to use the machine must pay a convenience fee in order to cover the costs related to a credit card machine. Citizens are still welcome to pay in cash or check.

Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital announces new president.

Tuesday, Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital has named Randall L. Kelley, as its new president. Randall Kelley has a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in general studies from the University of Michigan. He is also a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).“I’m incredibly pleased about the opportunity at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital,” said Kelley. “It’s a fine facility in one of the country’s top health systems and a very appealing area of the state. I also look forward to building relationships with community members in Ludington and the surrounding area as well as with colleagues across the Spectrum Health system.” He will officially assume his new role on September 26.

 Kelley Randall FACHE 600

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